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China Airlines is the national airline of the Republic of China, known to much of the world as Taiwan, but is not state-owned. The airline, founded in 1959, flies to nearly 50 destinations in Asia, Europe, North America and the South Pacific. China Airlines’ home base is at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) in Taipei, and its headquarters are also in Taipei.
Because of the long-standing dispute between Taiwan and mainland China, China Airlines does not have flights which go directly to mainland China. Passengers between the two destinations must go through a “neutral” third airport in between. Thankfully, Hong Kong counts as a neutral point, so most flights to and from China are routed through Hong Kong International Airport.
In addition to China Airlines’ main hub in Taipei, the airline maintains secondary hubs at Hong Kong International Airport, Kaohsiung International Airport, and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The fleet consists primarily of Boeing aircraft, although there are at present enough orders of Airbus aircraft in place that would make the fleet about equal between the two airplane manufacturers.
China Airlines is reported to be joining the SkyTeam airline alliance in late 2008. The airline currently has codeshare agreements with several other airlines, including Alitalia, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Northwest Airlines and Vietnam Airlines. The frequent flyer program is called Dynasty Flyer.